Panorama of Philadelphia from the State House Steeple. East

Description

This print is a panoramic view of Philadelphia as seen looking east toward the Delaware River from the State House (Independence Hall) steeple. The area of the city shown is mainly east of Fifth Street between Arch and South Streets. The numbered key indicates 11 landmarks visible in the print: (1) the Court House, i.e. City Hall; (2) the Philadelphia Library, i.e., Library Company of Philadelphia; (3) United States Bank, i.e., Second Bank of the United States; (4) Philadelphia Bank; (5) Girard Bank; (6) Pennsylvania Bank; (7) Merchants' Exchange; (8) Christ Church; (9) Smith's Island; (10) Camden, New Jersey; and (11) Kaighn Point, New Jersey. Also visible are part of the State House garden, rooftop views of several surrounding city blocks, and a few pedestrians and a horse-drawn carriage. The print is Plate 1 of four panoramas originally issued as Panorama of Philadelphia: Views taken from the State House Steeple by the Philadelphia firm of J.C. Wild & J.B. Chevalier. Originally published by Wild & Chevalier in August 1838 to augment their five-part subscription series of 20 views, the prints sold for 25 cents each, or $1 for the set of four. John Caspar Wild (circa 1804–46) was a Swiss-born artist and lithographer, who arrived in Philadelphia from Paris in 1832. He produced numerous prints and paintings of Philadelphia and other American cities.

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Publication Information

Lithography of Wild & Chevalier, Philadelphia

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Panorama of Philadelphia from the State House steeple. East

Type of Item

Physical Description

1 print : lithograph ; 22 x 32 centimeters

Notes

  • Digital catalog number: POS 542.a.1

References

  1. Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.librarycompany.org/pos/posdictionary.htm.
  2. John Caspar Wild, Philadelphia on Stone Biographical Dictionary, Library Company of Philadelphia, http://www.lcpdigital.org.

Last updated: February 26, 2014